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California Court Clears Way for Google Age Bias Trial

AP
Friday, 6 Aug 2010 | 11:23 AM ET

The California Supreme Court says a former Google manager can sue the search engine on claims he was fired because of his age.

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The court ruled Thursday that Brian Reid's discrimination suit could go to trial, rejecting a lower court's decision that there wasn't enough evidence.

Reid, a former associate professor at Stanford University, sued Google in 2004, after losing his job as director of operations. He was 54. Reid alleges he was told he wasn't a good "cultural fit" at the Mountain View-based company.

The justices said the trial judge should've considered alleged comments by Reid's co-workers referring to him as an "old guy" and "fuddy-duddy."

Google , which denies the allegations, said it looks forward to demonstrating in court "the legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasons" Reid was fired.

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